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A back to school story - Sammy Sloth Goes Back to School

Congratulations to the winners of our 'hidden' competition (the competition was hidden in our class story 'James and the Giant Peach'.  The winner for the best made up word was Ella Jenkins with the word ' Smelicious'.  In second place was Jacob Tancock, with the made up word 'Delumptious'.   Bendigedig both, prizes are on their way! 

Hello 4J! 

Miss Davies here. I just wanted to say how much I'm looking forward to seeing you all next week and spending the last three weeks of the term with your lovely class. I know it is sad Mrs Jacobs can't be with you, but it will be lovely to see your friends and be back at school for a few weeks before the summer holidays! I also have a top secret project that we will need to fit in. If you have any worries about coming back to school that you would like me to know about or you would just like to say hi before next week, please email me at

See you next week!

Miss Davies smiley

Year 4 Super Stars

Thank you for all your fabulous work you sent us last week. We've uploaded lots of the photos to our Gallery page (link below). Remember to check out our latest Flipgrid videos and send us a little 'Hello' back. We love seeing all of your videos pictures so keep sending us more this week.

Enjoy your Half Term!

smiley Half Term Activities smiley


As part of your daily exercise why not do this...

Local Area Treasure Hunt


This one is for the whole family.  The treasure hunt starts in Llwynfedw Gardens and ends in Heath Park.  You will need to follow the directions to find the clues.  Watch out though, the clues are tricky and not everything is easy to find or work out.  The trail takes about 1hour 20mins, so take a drink, snack, sun cream and if you have it, antibac gel.  You could do it over two days.   You do not need to touch anything on the trail.  You can either print off the clues and map, or if you are reading the clues on your phone, make a list of the locations on the map before you start, as these need to be crossed off.  There will be one location left.  Email this final location to your class teacher by Sunday, 31st May to be in with a chance of winning a prize!     

Well done everyone who took part in this tricky challenge.  You can find out who won by logging into FlipGrid, look under the topic 'Half Term'. 


Click here for the clues and map.   

Fairy Gardens


We know many of you have enjoyed finding the fairy doors in Heath Park.

Find out about The Cottingley Fairies hoax in this video: click here.

Why not create your own fairy garden? Outdoors in your own garden or indoors in a pot or dish.  Click on the link below for ideas.

Perhaps you would prefer to design a dream garden.  What you would include? A slide, a trampoline, a pond or a swimming pool.  Would you have any plants?  You could use colouring pencils, paints or even make a collage.

Tweet or send us photographs of your fairy gardens/dream gardens.  We would love to see them.


Click here for ideas.

Animate our Oceans


Do you remember Jenny from the Marine Conservation Society Year 4?  Well she made this fabulous Webinar all about how to make a 'stop animation movie' about the ocean. There are lots of tips and hints on how to make your own animation, as well as an interview with Darren Robbie (a director of many famous animations, including A Close Shave, Chicken Run and Doc McStuffins!).   Birchgrove even gets a shout out!  The easiest app to use is ‘Stop Motion’ which is free and available for most devices. Why not make your own stop animation about plastics in the ocean, or just make an animation for fun?


Here is the link to Jenny’s Webinar: click here



The British Museum has two great sites for exploring and learning about ancient artifacts, these websites will blow your mind!


British Museum artifacts through the ages: click here

British Museum virtual tour: click here


Once you have visited the museum, you might want to make a museum of your own.  All you need to do is make a collection, it could be of your favourite things, unusual items or gifts from other countries.  Other examples might be shells and stones, toy cars, curiosities, jewellery or dolls. Your museum can be as big or as small as you like.  You may want to label your items too.  Of course we would love to see your museums, so please Tweet or email your photographs.  Click here to see an example.



We know you have been super busy Year 4.  We would love you to make a video telling us what you have been up to or just to say hello to your friends.  We can't wait to see your smiling faces on FlipGrid Year 4. 


Information on how to get to FlipGrid: click here

To go straight to Year 4 FlipGird: click here

Whole School Challenges


Don’t forget there are many ideas of things to do on our Whole School Challenges page.

There's the Birchgrove Buzz (the school newspaper), science experiments, exercise challenges, art ideas, music madness, story writing ideas, family growth mindset activities, competitions and much more.


Here’s the link: click here


Hello Parents / Carers, 

First of all we just wanted to thank you for your support in these unprecedented times. We know you are all super busy and we really appreciate the time you are taking to help your children and send us updates of their work. 


We've just uploaded a document below, written by Cardiff Educational Psychology Service.

There are a few tips and useful reminders in there about home learning. 


The most important message we can give is that whatever you are doing and however you are managing this time, you are doing a FANTASTIC job. 


We really miss all of the children, 

Best wishes, 

Mrs Jacobs and Mrs Bertelli

Hello Blwyddyn 4! 

It's Miss Davies - I'm missing you all on a Wednesday morning! I'm hoping you can help me with a project to make people smile.  





I'd really like you to get involved with the next issue of the Birchgrove Buzz ( I am especially looking for, a short story, TV/book/film reviews, pictures of what you have been up to, jokes to make us all laugh and messages for your wonderful Year 4 teachers and teaching assistants. 


Please send them to me


I hope to see you all soon, 

Miss Davies 


You might notice that the way we are setting work is slightly different from this week on. We will upload a week’s worth of activities in one go so that you can choose the order in which you complete the activities.  We still want to see lots of pictures of what you are up to so please keep sending us photos of your work. At the end of the week we will upload some of them to our Year 4 Gallery to showcase all the super things you have been up to. We are very proud of the efforts you are putting in to your home learning and you should be proud of yourselves too. 

Why not visit the Whole School Challenges page (click here) if you would like to do a different activity (rather than those below).  Alternatively, you might want to practise and learn a life skill e.g. prepare dinner, learn to ride a bike, do some sewing, mow the lawn or do the washing up.  We would love to see your photographs or please share them on Twitter.  We hope you enjoy your day.  The Year 4 Team.  


Mrs Martin has asked us to point you all to The Den (click here), there are lots of great ideas here, each week, to try and help you whilst at home to keep your mental health in tip top condition! 


Click here for the Whole School Art challenges.


Click here for the Bichgrove Buzz - Send in your pictures, jokes, short articles, reviews and messages for publication in the next issue!


Reminder: If you have a Nessy login spend 10mins working through your activities. 

Monday 27th April

Dear Parents

 We have been asked to make contact and check our lines of communication with all parents. Please could you contact your child/ren’s class teacher on the following emails to say hello and if possible just let us know how you are.


Class 4RB -

Class 4J -


Many thanks

Miss Broughton

Deputy Head

Dear 4RB,


As you may remember, next Monday I should have been taking over from Mrs Carroll and becoming 1C's teacher while she is on maternity leave. Even though we are not actually in school this is still going to happen. I shall be helping Mrs Watkins and the rest of the year 1 team with preparing work, finding super activities for the website and answering emails etc.


I have loved being your teacher (some of you for nearly two years!) and I shall certainly keep an eye on Twitter to see what a fantastic job you are doing for Mrs Bertelli! You have so impressed me with what you (and your parents) have been able to do in the most difficult of circumstances. For that I applaud you. 


Lastly, I thought you might like a (p)update on Reggie...he is growing fast and being very lively, loving his walk each day which helps to keep me fit too. He is chewing a lot of things that he shouldn't (shoes, chair legs, letters, plants...!) but we can't help but love him for all his cheekiness. A bit like some of you!!


Stay home, stay safe and take care. Lots of love, Mrs Rees (and Reggie) 


PS. There are some pics of Reggie under the "latest news" star for year 4.

To kick start your day you may want to try PE with Joe Wicks at 9am every morning, or perhaps Cosmic Kids Yoga.  We've organised a maths and literacy or topic lesson for each day above.  There is also the option of completing a daily Kodu (only available on pcs or the xbox) or Scratch (which works on most laptops and tablets) task.  Don't forget we also have maths activities on Mathletics and we suggest a little reading everyday.  Please email us photographs of the children's completed work, we will take a look at them all at the end of each day.  Here are our email addresses:


Mrs Jacobs:

Mrs Bertelli:

Mrs Rees:


We look forward to hearing from you.    


Year 4 Team








Easter Holidays

We hope that you all have a relaxing 2 weeks and manage to get out in the garden or for a walk to enjoy the sunshine. 

If you would like some activities to keep you busy then we have put together some suggestions on the PDF below. 

As always, we love seeing the results of your work. 

Stay safe and happy laugh

Friday 3rd April – Easter / Spring activity stamping 



Start by dipping the end of the wine cork into yellow paint and stamping it on a white piece of paper.

Once the yellow paint dries, draw two little legs and feet on the chicks with the black marker.

Fold a piece of orange paper in half and cut out little triangles to make beaks. If you don’t have orange paper, just draw or paint on your own beaks. 

Now time for the wings! You will need to use the edges of the wine cork and kind of make little lines coming out from the sides. 

Peep peep!



First, make sure your hands are clean and remember to use a different finger for each colour you use!

Next, carefully press your finger or thumb onto the ink pad or paint – if you’re using paint, try not to get too much on your finger. 

Then press the finger or thumb onto the paper.

Now comes the fun part!  Using simple lines and curves add:

Ears & eyes

A nose and whiskers

Paws and tail


And for some chicks:

Eyes and beaks

Wings and legs

They make super cute nametags or place cards, too!!  



First cut and make your potato stamps. You can have fun making all kinds of different designs! We did a plain one with just diagonal stripes and two with chevron designs. Adults should make the potato stamps and then kids can paint and stamp them!

Adults Only: Carefully using a knife carve out your design. You may find it helpful to draw the design first and then follow your design marks when carving.

2. When pressing down for your stamp, make sure you press firmly on the whole potato. If you pull it off and some parts of the Easter egg are missing, you can simply press it again. You can also touch up with a little paint after too.

3. Add some gold glitter glue on top. This part is optional but we like the way they turned out with the glitter glue!


You could cut these eggs out to put in a basket, or make a card, or just stamp some paper, or cut out a few to put on a wreath. For a wreath you will need to cut out a circle of card to stick the eggs to. This could be a paper plate or an old cereal box etc. 






Thursday, 2nd April 2020




Today we will be learning about capacity using litres (L) and millilitres (ml).  


1. Watch the two videos below.


2. Activity 1 - For this activity you will need a measuring jug and various cups, bowls and containers. It is best to do this activity at the kitchen sink, you may need a stool or chair. Measure the capacity of each container. Smaller containers are easier, you can fill them and then pour the water into the measuring jug to measure.  If a container is larger than your measuring jug, you will need to fill the container using the measuring jug, carefully noting how much water you are putting into the container.   TAKE CARE - It is important to measure accurately, try not to spill any of the water!




Activity 2 - Oh Harry! Maths investigation, see the link below.


We love to see your photographs, so please email or Tweet them!


Don't forget to log in to Mathletics, write a page in your diary and to read daily.   

Ways to reduce plastic pollution

Wednesday 1st April - Find out how plastic pollution can impact on animals



Put an elastic band across the back of you hand, looped onto your thumb and little finger (as shown in picture).


Without using your other hand (or teeth!), try and remove the elastic band- give a time limit of 20 seconds.

  • Did you succeed? How did you remove the band?
  • Did you need to use anything apart from your hand to help you?


Repeat the investigation but this time, put the hand into a ‘beak’ shape – see picture.


Using the hand as a beak (not separating fingers at all but opening and closing straight fingers and thumb like a beak), now try and remove the elastic band. Was it easier or more difficult?



What kinds of litter/ plastic could act like the elastic band and pose a threat to wildlife? 

How might other plastic items pose a threat to wildlife?



Consider the 4 main plastic polluters – what are they and what risk might these cause to wildlife?

Can you find any evidence that these items do have an effect on wildlife?


Extension if you would like to challenge yourselves. 

  • Using pictures of plastic pollution and its effects on animals, create a poster to raise awareness of the dangers of plastic pollution (Look at the pdf document for some tips on how to reduce plastic consumption). 
  • Go on a litter pick around your house (with an adult and keeping 2m away from people you don't live with!) to help reduce plastic litter in your local area.

Mindfulness Activity - The Raisin Meditation


Set aside five to ten minutes when you can do this quietly with your parent or carer.  You will need a raisin or small piece of chocolate.  Switch off any phones or computers.  You'll need a piece of paper and pen to record your reactions afterwards.  Your task will be to eat the raisin or chocolate in a mindful way. 


1.  Holding.  Hold the raisin (or chocolate) in your hand and focus on it.  Can you feel the weight of it in your hand?  Is it casting a shadow?


2.  Seeing.  Imagine you have never seen the raisin before.  Look at it with great care and attention.  Think of words to describe what it looks like.


3.  Touching.  Turn the raisin over between your fingers exploring its texture.  How does it feel?


4.  Smelling.  Hold it beneath your nose.  Does it have a scent?  Let it fill your awareness.  If there is no scent, or very little, notice this as well.


5.  Placing. Slowly place the raisin in your mouth.  Notice how this feels.  Without chewing explore how it feels as you move it around your mouth.


6.  Chewing. When you're ready, consciously take a bite into the raisin and notice the effects on the object, and in your mouth.  Notice any tastes that it releases.  Feel the texture as you bite.  Do not swallow.


7.  Swallowing.  See if you can detect the first intention to swallow as it arises in your mind. Notice all aspects of the swallowing process.


8.  After-effects.  Finally spend a few moments registering the aftermath of eating the raisin.  Is there an aftertaste?  Do you want another one?


Now take a moment to write down anything that you noticed when you were doing this activity.  

Monday 30th March.


Bore da a croeso i wythnos newydd. We hope you have enjoyed the sunshine this weekend and been inventive in how you've used your time whilst staying close to home.

Today's activities - have a go at one or both of these:


1. Write a haiku poem about either 

a) the ocean and the fight against plastic pollution or 

b) a real or mythical sea creature


Remember a haiku is a Japanese poem which has only 3 lines. The first has 5 syllables as does the 3rd line, and the middle line has 7 syllables. Every word must count. You might want to leave out simple words like 'the' and 'because'. Look at the powerpoint below to remind you what they look and sound like. Can you illustrate your poem and display it somewhere at home? Could you record yourself performing it out loud? Pictures please!


2. Look at the picture below. This is the mysterious island of Atlantis. Do you remember talking about it at school? The story goes that it was totally submerged under water but still exists somewhere under the ocean to this day! How does it make you feel? What is happening? What might happen next? Or what has already happened? Imagine you are one of the sea creatures in the picture. Can you write a short paragraph trying to be as descriptive as possible. Remember to include exciting adjectives and powerful verbs. If you have a green pen you could edit it and make it even better.

Picture of Atlantis



We are going to be using FlipGrid for some exciting tasks.


You will need to log in with your HWB log ins, then you can make a short video where you just say Hello 😊


A how to guide is available here

Friday, 27th March


Today we'll be looking at weight.  

1.  Firstly, you need to watch a short video clip about weight.

2.  Then there's an online weighing game you can play.

3.  Following that, there's a choice of activity, or you can do both!


Activity 1 - Find 10 different items in you kitchen store cupboard (e.g. tins, boxed or bagged foods), they will need to have their weight on them in g or Kg.  Now order them in a line from lightest to heaviest.  Don't forget you can send us your photographs!




Activity 2 - Now we know some of you have been baking already!  For this task we would like you to follow a recipe, weighing out the ingredients.  Talk about the weight of each ingredient and which ingredient you used the most and least of.  We would also love to see some photographs of your creations.  It's the Year 4 Bake Off!!  Please Tweet any photographs or email them to us and we can Tweet them for you.  


Don't forget you can also go on Mathletics, read a book, continue with your Learning Log and/or do your diary entry.  Have a lovely day and enjoy the sunshine. 



It is good to stay in contact with friends.  So why not ask your parents to arrange a time for you to FaceTime, Skype or WhatsApp video call them.  It's a great way to socialise.  Perhaps put a video call into your daily timetable,  rather like a school break time!  

Thursday 26th March


1. Sea Creature Life Cycle

Have a look at the examples of a Turtle's Life Cycle in the documents below. Use these to get an idea of how to create a life cycle of a sea creature of your choice. It could be used in your Learning Log or it could go straight in your exercise books. Some of the examples are more simple than others - make sure you choose the level of work that will put you in the 'deep learning' part of the Learning Pit. If you want to challenge yourself further you can create a labelled diagram of the different parts of your creature. Try to use technical language like the example shows. 


2. Mathletics - try to aim for 1000 points a day. We are updating activities regularly so make sure you check back every day. You may have already completed some of the tasks, but there is no harm in trying them again!


3. PLEASE send us photos of your work. We really LOVE seeing what you've all been up to and hearing that you are keeping well smiley

Wednesday 25th March.


1. A diary. Start to write a diary of what you are doing daily to keep yourself busy. How are you keeping fit in the sunshine? Are you helping with the cooking? Have you taken up any hobbies or tried something new for the first time? This can be done in a notebook or in your exercise book, perhaps starting from the back so it can be continued. We would love to hear what you have been up to. So please share your thoughts and ideas via email or twitter. Have a look at the link below for some ideas.


2. Reading comprehension. Read the passage and try and answer the questions in your book. Remember to write in full sentences. Have a go at the challenge too. You can use the internet or non-fiction books. Ask the grownups too - they might just know or be able to help!


3. Remember to keep up with Mathletics and try to add one more item to your learning log.


4. Read. Just read. Or listen to someone else reading. David Walliams is releasing a free audio story every day for the next 30 days. Listening to someone else read aloud is one of life's true pleasures.



Tuesday, 24th March


1. Watch the 'Telling the Time' video.

2. Practise telling the time using the 'Teaching Clock'.

3. You have a choice of activity:

    a.  Timetable worksheets - Remember you need to be in your learning zone, so pick the                 sheet you think suits you.  There's a choice of 3.

    b.  Try this challenging Clocks Investigation.  Can you work out the answers?

You don't need a printer, remember you can use your exercise book. Use a ruler to draw the table for 3a, if you choose that task.  


Remember to do some Mathletics, reading and some of your Learning Log if possible.


Don't forget you can email us a screenshot or photograph of your work. 


Monday, 23rd March

Today's activities:

1.  Record today's results for the 'Time Experiment'.

2. Complete some of your Blue Planet learning log.

3. Mathletics 

Do I change when the clocks change? Science investigation - click on the documents to follow the instructions

Blue Planet Learning Log

Spelling Homework - Test Friday 20th March

Spelling Homework - Test Friday 13th March

Spelling Homework - Test Friday 28th February

Spelling Homework - Test Friday 14th February

Year 4 Eisteddfod Poem

Spelling Homework - Test Friday 31st January

Spelling Homework - Test Friday 17th January

Spelling Homework - Test Friday 20th December

Spelling Homework - Test 13th December

Spelling Homework - Test 6th December

Spelling Homework - Test 29th November

Spelling Homework - Test 22nd November

Spelling Homework - Test Friday 15th November

Spelling Homework - Test 24th October

Spelling Homework - Test Friday 18th October

Spelling Homework - Test 11th October

Spelling Homework - Test 4th October

Spelling Homework - Test 27th September

Spelling Homework - Test 20th September